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Rachel Cloninger

As the new animal science advising coordinator, Rachel Cloninger is helping students in the Department of Animal Science achieve success.


With a successful product, and a vision to expand it in the future, Hunter Swisher embraces his new entrepreneurial identity.

Over the past five years, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences has been transforming the way students and faculty members do research--moving great ideas and solutions from the lab to the market.

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences takes a lead role in cleaning up the Chesapeake

Spotted Lanternfly (GH Photos / Alamy Stock Photo)

Penn State researchers and extension educators mobilize against an invasive pest that's taking a bite out of Pennsylvania.

College Briefs

Majid Foolad, professor of plant genetics, center, discusses his tomato breeding program with Mengyuan "Maggie" Jia, doctoral candidate in plant biology, left, and Jonathan Bonfiglio, master's degree candidate in horticulture.

If you're in love with the idea of sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich--and award-winning--tomatoes that will perform well in your garden, a researcher in the College of Agricultural Sciences has just the variety for you.

An increasing number of today's consumers are scanning egg cartons for the words "cage-free," "natural," "free-range," and the like.

Arianna Ferguson

Millennium Scholar presents heritage turkey research.

In a development that could prevent millions of dollars' worth of wasted fruit annually, researchers in the college developed a test to determine whether "bitter pit"--a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking--will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples.

The left panel shows a root cross-section from a plant grown under nonstress conditions. The right panel shows a comparable root from a plant grown under phosphorus-depleted conditions, highlighting how secondary growth of roots is suppressed under phosph

Root discovery may lead to crops that thrive in nutrient-poor soil.

For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have "bad" news: the vegetable may help promote a healthy gut.

Craft chocolate--made with fine-flavor cacao beans--is gaining a fast following.

College researchers take a new look at the commercial market for a perennial favorite.

Firewood collection in African society is a gender issue because it is accomplished almost exclusively by women. Many women develop health issues as a result of carrying heavy loads many miles, day after day.

Wood fuels are key to easing food insecurity and creating economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to economists in the college, investing in public education can lead to more upward economic mobility and lower teen pregnancy rates, as well as provide a way to ease income inequality.

A larval parasitoid emerging from its caterpillar host.

Researchers find a virus that inhibits the immune responses of caterpillars and their host plants and boosts plant yields.

Then and Now

In this picture from 1916, Dr. Ralph Watts, dean of the College of Agriculture, speaks from atop one of the college's cattle barns to visiting farmers and families about the advancements in agricultural technology, especially from research conducted at Penn State.

The Last Word

Research and education are key to ensuring healthy aquatic ecosystems and a safe drinking-water supply.